Ireland Cliffs - Warning! No Guard Rails!

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A two-lane road on our way to Dingle, Ireland. *laugh* Hardly enough room for our own car.
Not everything went according to planned. We were able to get our sleep-in and a bit of the Full Irish Breakfast that was edible. Then we headed off the road to Dingle, Ireland. What was to be a 30-minute straight trip turned into an adventure of white knuckles, Greg praying more than he had ever prayed in his life, and him adorning a few more grey hairs.

Your see, we didn’t just take a normal trip; we took a trip from hell. *laugh* Okay, for those that are used to mountains and hairpin roads on cliffs without barriers, this would have been a breeze for you. For us flatlanders, it was the most “interesting” and “never-do-it-again” ride we have ever experienced. Greg said that the easiest way to have someone understand the size of the roads throughout Dingle is to picture the opening of a two car garage and that is your two lane roads! Nothing more then the width of a hair separates you from oncoming traffic and what’s worse is that you are expected to drive this course while doing 60 MPH through sharp turns and cliffs without barriers.
The mountains of Ireland's West Coast.
When we finally got to Dingle, you couldn’t even fit one car down the road and there was no parking within a mile of our hotel (everyone parks half of their cars on the sidewalks). So, Greg turned to me and asked me how to get to Cork because even golfing in Dingle wasn’t worth all that we were going through. Not to worry though �" it was great for a few laughs �" after Greg was finally able to pry his hands from the steering wheel!

So, we headed to Cork, Ireland and figured we would check in a day early to the hotel we had reserved. Wouldn’t you know it; all the hotels in the city were booked for tonight! It was getting late and I was not feeling well so I told Greg to turn the car around and let’s head to Blarney Castle about 6 miles up the road.
View of Dingle Bay from high in the mountains.
Heck, if we came all this way, we were at least going to see the castle!

When we got to the Blarney Castle area, we noticed a small village right outside the gates and the Blarney Woolen Mills Hotel. We figured our luck couldn’t get any worse so we entered the hotel, while saying a few hundred prayers, and they had just two rooms left. To top it off, this hotel is part of our “tour package vouchers” so we didn’t have to pay an extra cent for the room! It is across the road from the Blarney Castle, has free parking, and is only 6 miles from our hotel for tomorrow night in Cork.

Tonight we will rest well and tomorrow check out and get a head start on Blarney Castle and kissing the Blarney Stone! We plan to take our time so that we won’t be too early for tomorrow’s check-in at the Jurys Inn Cork. Since our next hotel is in the heart of the city, we will have tons to do. Now we need to say a prayer that we find parking near our hotel! *laugh*
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